Poland stopper Artur Boruc has spoken of his desire to emulate Jan Tomaszewski’s heroic goalkeeping efforts when denying Alf Ramsay’s side a place at the 1974 World Cup by frustrating England when the teams meet at Wembley for the final World Cup 2014 Group H qualifier.
The Southampton stopper has been in imperious form for his club this season, keeping five clean sheets in the Saints’ impressive start to the Premier League campaign and didn’t feature in Poland’s 1-1 draw against the Three Lions 12 months ago, but a glance at the last time Boruc faced England could give some clues as to who can rattle the 33-year-old’s net in this crunch tie.
Frank Lampard was the last player to score against Boruc in an England shirt.
The Chelsea man, who is 2/1 to score at any time against Waldemar Fornalik’s side, scored the goal that ensured England’s qualification for the 2006 World Cup when firing an 80th-minute volley past Boruc to make it 2-1, after Tomasz Frankowski had cancelled out Michael Owen’s opener.
Lampard also rounded off his club’s 5-1 FA Cup win over the Saints in January with an 83rd-minute penalty past the Poland keeper.
Wayne Rooney scored both goals in Man Utd’s 2-1 win against Southampton last season.
The champions had to come from behind in January after a third-minute Jay Rodriguez strike stunned the Old Trafford faithful, but Rooney equalised five minutes later and prodded the winning goal into Boruc’s net from a yard out in the 27th minute.
The 27-year-old Liverpudlian broke the deadlock against Montenegro on his return to the England side and is 13/4 favourite to repeat the dose by scoring the first goal of the match against Poland.
None of England’s other attacking players have managed a goal against the Polish number one.
Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge have both faced Boruc twice for their club Liverpool in the last seven months, but they lost those games 3-1 and 1-0 and Brazilian Philippe Coutinho was the only Red to find a way past the Pole.
Man Utd’s Danny Welbeck also failed to trouble the keeper when they faced each other last season, but Andros Townsend has never played against Boruc and could be a dark horse at 11/4 to repeat his debut goalscoring antics against Montenegro by finding the net at some point in this game.